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Sweet Dream House Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The emergency medical grant was used for the benefit of Blackie and his sisters, who were rescued from a neglect situation.

This grant allowed us to pay the vet bills for treatment of the four neglected cockers.

How many pets did this grant help?


Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Blackie and his three sisters were neglected for years. Volunteers from three different rescue groups worked together to save Blackie and his sisters. When Blackie arrived at Noah’s Ark Animal Clinic in Colerain, the very experienced veterinarians, who’ve seen just about everything in their careers, stopped to watch in shock and then grabbed their cameras to document the horror of his condition. Dr. Adam Tsao and his assistant John Turner worked on Blackie and his sisters for hours, and when they figured out where Blackie’s matted hair ended and his limbs began, they started shaving. What they found was that his skin was ruptured everywhere as the weight of the mats had literally pulled the skin off his body, exposing him to infection and requiring stitches. His ears were covered with softball-sized mats that deafened him and caused very bad infections; his rear end was so matted that he could not relieve himself except back onto himself. There was so much to be done that they decided it would be better for Blackie to be sedated for the procedures. What Blackie has suffered in that house we can never imagine. And yet, neither he nor his sisters ever growled at anyone helping them, and Blackie signaled his thanks with licks and kisses for everyone who worked on him. Blackie got love and hugs, probably for the first time in years.

All four dogs — Blackie, Coco, Midnight and Sugar — are now in their forever homes. Coco had eye issues that we were able to resolve without her losing an eye. Midnight was heartworm-positive and is now treated and happy. Blackie recovered from all the tears on his skin and was adopted by the same family as Midnight. (The second photo is Blackie and Midnight together in their foster home, with Blackie in front.)

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